Words For The Wounded

From the website:

“Words for the Wounded raises money via writing prizes, events and donation to help wounded servicemen and women. Every penny is important, and every penny we raise goes to where it should, because the organisers, (the three grannies) absorb all expenses.

Our principle fundraising plank continues to be writing prizes and we consider our aim is to encourage aspiring writers as well as raising money. To this end we are now holding an annual LitFest day.”

You can find out more here.

Bristol Crime Festival

Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral

Takes place in May.

From their website: 

CRIMEFEST is a convention for people who like to read an occasional crime novel as well as for die-hard fanatics. Drawing top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world, it gives all delegates the opportunity to celebrate the genre in a friendly, informal and inclusive atmosphere.’

Find out more here.

BBC National Short Story Award

Novelist Robert Kaplow

Novelist Robert Kaplow

The BBC National Short Story Award in association with Booktrust, is open from December. First prize is a staggering £15,000 – so get writing!

Closing date: Pending.

You can find out more here.

The Fowey Festival Of Words And Music

The Fowey Festival Of Words And Music takes place yearly, in May.

“The festival has a long tradition of bringing top quality writers, musicians, comedians and celebrities to Fowey.” Festival Director Jonathan Aberdeen

Details can be found here.


UEA Autumn Literary Festival

University of East Anglia, Norwich.

The University of East Anglia annual literary festival.

From their website:

The 2015 Spring festival begins on Wednesday 25 February and runs until Wednesday 29 April.

We are delighted to present seven exceptional writers, highlighting particularly exciting and engaging literary voices and developments. This spring’s Literary Festival is about life lived and life mourned, it’s about nature at its most vital. These writers tell tales worth telling, whether fictional or fact based. They also address most directly and compassionately the reader, the audience, in their bids to determine the importance of the written word as a vehicle for both art and truth. There will be laughter, some tears, insight and brilliant entertainment. We hope you enjoy these events as much as we’ve enjoyed programming them.’

Find out more here.

Write To Win

Fancy writing a short story, a play, a poem or some flash fiction …? Want to see if you can write a piece that’s good enough to win first prize …? Why not have a go … :)

Here are some places to start:

Writers online

Writers & Artists

Words for the Wounded *pending.


Good luck! :)

World Of The Literary

Book and literary festivals are a popular pursuit for many writers and readers alike and there are a fair few such events, scattered around the country, throughout the year.

Here’s a helpful website alerting us to events happening in the literary world during the coming year:

The World Travels.

Might see you there!

National Short Story Week

National Short Story Week (NSSW) takes place every November.

Taken from their website: ‘National Short Story Week is an annual awareness event. Its aim is to focus the attentions of the public and the media on the short story and short story writers, publishers and events. It is intended as a framework for promoting literary events and publications at a national and local level.’

You can find out more here.